American Outside Brands Corp., the parent business of gun maker Smith & Wesson, has announced they are closing their New England warehouse operation.
The publicly-traded business will be moving their distribution center to a new facility in Columbia, Missouri later this year. The news came as AOBC announced their monetary final results for the third quarter which all round saw sales raise by about three % in the wake of announcing a lot more than 250 new items from across the corporation’s varied divisions.
“The ramp-up of initial operations at our new Logistics & Consumer Solutions facility in Missouri is effectively underway and on track,” mentioned James Debney, AOBC’s CEO. “This 633,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve as our centralized logistics, warehousing, and distribution operation for all of our items, facilitating our development, enhancing our efficiencies, and enabling us to far better serve clients across our complete organization.”
The Boston Organization Journal reports the existing Springfield, Massachusetts-primarily based logistics warehouse, as effectively as a single in Jacksonville, Florida, will close, with their operations folded into the Missouri center, which will employ 154 new workers. The Columbia facility has been in the operates due to the fact 2017 with a mixture of offsetting nearby tax breaks.
Then-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens welcomed the business with open arms to the Show Me State two years ago, saying, “Missouri has often been a fantastic Second Amendment state, a amazing state, for individuals who enjoy firearms and treasure their Second Amendment rights.”
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, anti-gun protestors joined by at least a single state Democratic gubernatorial candidate, have repeatedly picketed Smith & Wesson’s historic factory. The iconic business will continue to make guns in the state. According to information from federal regulators, Smith manufactured 1.four million pistols, 396,710 rifles, and 294,680 revolvers as effectively as a smaller sized quantity of miscellaneous firearms and shotguns in Springfield in 2016, the most current year for which figures are obtainable.